Sir Thomas Gray: Scalacronica 1272-1363


King, Andy (ed.) (2005) Sir Thomas Gray: Scalacronica 1272-1363, Woodbridge, UK, Boydell Press for the Surtees Society, 352pp. (Publications of the Surtees Society, 209).

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In 1355, Sir Thomas Gray, a Northumbrian knight and constable of Norham castle, was ambushed and captured by the Scots. Imprisoned in Edinburgh castle, he whiled away the hours by writing a chronicle charting the history of Britain from the Creation. The bulk of the work, written in Anglo-Norman French, is based on existing sources. However, for the section from the reign of Edward I onwards - the portion edited here - Gray relied partly on his own memories, and the stories told him by his father [constable of Norham before him], relating their experiences in the Scottish and French wars. The first known historical work to have been written in England by a member of the lay nobility since the Conquest, the Scalacronica provides a unique perspective on the course of English politics in the fourteenth century, and an insight into the worldview of a militarily active member of England's governing class. It is a vital source for all those interested in the history of the period.
The text, with facing-page translation, has been newly edited from the sole surviving manuscript of the Scalacronica; the volume includes extensive historical notes; and an introduction describing the careers of Thomas Gray and his father, and the written sources used in the compilation of this part of the work.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 085444064 (hardback)
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Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > History
ePrint ID: 42105
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:27
Publisher: Boydell Press for the Surtees Society
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42105

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